"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"
Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)
Kudos to Lisa Lee. Great job working with a student in crisis. AGZ
Special thanks to AGZ, Nancy Kurz, Michelle, Flynn, and Terry Hill for holding down the fort while I was away at a conference. There are so many details to pay attention to and you do it well and with a smile! Can't thank you enough! LAM
Kudos from a parent to one of our teachers after looking at her child's work on SeeSaw: "Holy Moly!! I love it! Watching her debate and work is a gift. Thank you!!! You are a great teacher!!! :)"
Kudos to Brooke Martinet for helping a teacher write a grant for 6 iPads via Donors Choose. It was so easy!
Kudos to Megan Bailey and Gina Lane for allowing their students to code to create art and music! So cool!
Kudos also to Stephanie Piron, Eleanor Richards, Jen McKown, and Kim Catt for starting the Hour of Code already. Way to go ladies
Dec. 7 – 11 Hour of Code Week!
Monday, December 7:
Terri Hawley, OTB, 9 - 1
Citizen of the Month, 2:00 p.m.
Safe Schools team meeting, 3:00, Library
Tuesday, December 8:
Chorus Rehearsal, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
PAC Meeting, 3:00 p.m.
VB Middle Art Info Night, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9:
LAM OTB 1:30 - 3:30
STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 10:
Progress Reports and grade level collaborative planning
DDIP Training, 1:15 - 2:15
Friday, December 11:
Ryan Luzak visits, Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education, 9 - 11
SCA Pizza Party 2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 12: Snowflake Festival, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
December 14 - 18, 2015
Chorus Rehearsal, 2:40 - 4:00 pm
Coach Learning Walks, 11:00 - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 15:
Chorus Dress Rehearsal, 1:00 pm, k - 5
Faculty Meeting, 3:00 pm, Library
PTA General Meeting and Winter Music Program, 6:30 pm
Wed. Dec., 16:
LAM OTB, 12:30 - 4 pm
STEM Club, 2:40 - 4:30 pm
Art Club, 2:40 - 4:00 pm
GNMS Rising 6th gr. Information Night, 5:00 or 6:30 pm
Thurs., Dec. 17:
PTA Grab and Go, 7:45 - 8:45 am
Garden Club Meeting, 2:40 - 4:00 pm
Fri., Dec. 18: Gingerbread Houses, Gr. 2
Due Dates and Reminders
- SCA Toys for Tots and Teens begins December 1
- Please reviewing the 504 and SPED accommodations plans regularly. Doing so will continue to provide you with a clear understanding of the expectations and keep us in compliance of the guidelines. Please see Mrs. Z about any of the accommodations or contact the case manager for the specific student. Full implementation of our student accommodations will help to ensure all of our learners have a safe and productive day. AGZ
Hour of Code - December 7 - 13, 2015
Collaboration Days - Yippee!
- Window for days: Dec. 3, 2015 - June 15, 2016
- We will discuss during our collaboration how and when this time will be used
Captivating Every Student, Every Day!
When planning, ask yourself what strategy should I use that will enhance student engagement? What strategies should I avoid at this time of year because they don't challenge students to think about the learning target? What classroom arrangement will we need today or just for the next half hour so that my kids can think? Can read? Can write? Can collaborate? Can learn? How can I provide my students some time to build positive relationships as well as time for me to meet with them individually so I can get to know them better?
When planning, think about times when you will be listening to your students, not just for the answer you are expecting but for the unexpected answer as well. You know, the one that screams out "I need someone to love me, to hear me, and to honor me for who I am."
There's no doubt in my mind that every child at Trantwood has a special gift. In this season of gift giving, let's strive to help them take one more step closer to finding out theirs. The world need them and their gift. The world needs you and your gifts. Thank you for planning, teaching, and reflecting with each student in mind. After all, that is your gift. LAM
REMOTE INVENTORY PREPARATIONS: Technology is conducting a remote inventory sweep in November, December and January of ALL devices that are connected, or should be connected, to the network. This includes desktops, laptops, printers, and eTablets (IPADS). It is extremely important that all assets are connected to the network between now and the end of January. If you have any of these devices assigned to you, please bring them to school and connect them to the network.
CHANGING PASSWORDS: Heed the calling of your computer when it tells you it's time to change your password. This message is not one to procrastinate about. It puts you and the TST in an uncomfortable position because the only solution is for the TST to contact the Help Desk. Then the Help Desk contacts your principal. Awkward...
UPDATES ON YOUR TEACHER LAPTOP: DOT pushes important updates to all computers monthly. When you get the popup that says "System changes are required by your IT Department," click on it, then select "Apply all required changes now" and Ok. The updates will run in the background. Your computer will run much more efficiently and safely when you follow these prompts each time you are prompted.
PROGRESS REPORTS - December 15
As a reminder, progress reports only to be be issued to students who are struggling or not meeting grade level expectations You do not have to sent a progress report to every student unless it is your preference to send a report home at this time.
The DOT timeline for progress reports is as follows:
- Thurs., Dec. 10 - Art/Music/PE grades/comments finalized by 5 pm
- Fri. , Dec. 11 - Homeroom teachers finalize grades/comments by 5 pm
- Monday, Dec. 14 - Carolyne verifies and certifies that all grades/comments have been finalized and entered by 1:00 pm
- Tues., Dec. 15 - Progress reports are issued to students struggling or not meeting level expectations.